Dr. Sherman Oakley Olson

In Memorial

passed away suddenly in Vancouver on June 9, 2013 at age 85. He was predeceased by his wife Jo and his brother Omer. He has two daughters Julie (Ken) and Nancy (Mario); two sisters Grace and Shirley; two grandchildren Hannah and Reid, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver in l941. He went to King Edward High School and graduated in l946. He studied Optometry at the University of Chicago and graduated in l951, and began practicing at the Birks Building in Vancouver. In l971 he moved his family from North Vancouver to Maple Ridge. He was involved in many organizations and committees throughout his life. We will honour him and his many accomplishments at a celebration of life July 16, 2:00 pm at the Act Theater 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

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  1. Edward Kendall

    My sympathies to Sherman’s family. We served together for many years at the Canadian Equestrian Federation and later Equine Canada. Sherman was instrumental in raising the profile of recreational horsemanship and in developing a distinct identity for it within the national organization.
    Sherman’s relaxed, approachable style ensured that issues incubated rather than simmered so that solutions were found.
    I know that he received many accolades in BC for his work, his contributions to the national scene were no less important.

  2. Condolences from the Muller family on June 19, 2013. Our sympathies to Julie, Nancy and family. We have enjoyed knowing Sherman for many years – for his activities in the horse world and his good sense of humor. We will sadly miss him.

  3. Lawrence and Donna MacAulay

    Our thoughts and sympathy go out to all of Sherman’s family. He was an amazing man that made the world a better place. He affected everyone and every organization, that he came in contact with, in a positive way. His love of life was contagious. He could make a cloudy day seem sunny and saw the positive side of every situation and every person.

  4. Debbie Froehlick

    My thoughts are with you, Nancy and Julie, and condolences to your families, as you grieve this loss. I have memories from when we were pre-teens together, of your Dad being a serious business person and loving father. Take care.

  5. Elizabeth Bordeaux

    Much sympathy to Nancy and her family on the loss of their dad/grandfather. I will remember Sherman as a charming, gregarious man whose enthusiasm for horses and the horse world was infectious. In the 90s, he coralled me into becoming a director of HCBC and inspired us all with his vision of our national equestrian organization becoming the umbrella group for recreation and industry as well as for sport. Sherman will long be remembered with respect and affection by all of us in the horse world who knew him.

  6. Paul and Helen Rose

    Our deepest sympathies to Nancy, Julie and families. When we moved to Maple Ridge in 1977, Sherman and Jo made us feel so welcome in the community and the horse world. He was such a positive influence to all he met, always with a smile. He will be missed.

  7. To Nancy and Mario and your family, I am so sorry to hear
    about the loss of your Dad, He was always kind and
    considerate and will be sorely missed, please accept my
    sincere sympathy at your loss

  8. Terry Morrison

    I first met Sherman through my involvement with the Trans Canada Trail. I remember his kind and gentle spirit and the generosity he often showed to others. He treated everyone with respect and his good humor was never very far away. I remember him very fondly and offer his family my condolences and sincere best wishes.

    Terry Morrison

  9. Hi Julie and Nancy, I saw Uncle Sherm`s notice in the paper, So sorry to hear the sad news, In the spring I went to Bengough to see where Your Mom and our family grew up in the tough times Gramma had. Our gatherings at Christmas always bring back fond memories especially when Uncle Sherm and Uncle Ray were frolicking around with of course the Accordian. Your Dad always made sure we had the best glasses.

    With LOVE your Cousin

    Jim Cousins.

  10. Dr. Sherman Oakley Olson Family:

    We send our sincere sympathy to Dr. Sherman Olsen’s family. He will be missed by his family, daughters Julie and Nancy and his grandchldren, sisters, nieces and nephews.

    He always had a happy smile for us and we remember our shared interest in our days at King Edward High, and later our commitment to the individual enterprise system.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Grace and Ray McCarthy

  11. Dear Julie, Nancy, and your families. Sending sympathies from the Hunters. We hold many fond memories of happy family outings together and your dad’s fun sense of humour.

    Mary (Dr. Donnie),Terry, Bobby, Allan, & Laurie

  12. Julie Moorcroft

    I was shocked and saddened to read of Sherman’s death. Brought back many many memories of living in Maple Ridge, riding at the MRC and doing the shows.

    I remember his steadiness and patience with many difficult people and his time and dedication to the HCBC. I am so sorry for your loss and send my warmest regards to you all and hugs to everyone. Having only recently lost my own father, I know how deeply his loss will be felt. With warmest regards, Julie Moorcroft

  13. Helga and Family

    Dear Nancy, Julie and Family,
    It is an honor to have known your dad. He was a great man and his legacy is his family! Sherman lived life!
    He was a guy who did it all. His profession, committees, interests, and family life were all undertaken with the same energy and commitment. I will remember him for his kindness, humor, wisdom, and business acuity! I always tried to listen to him as he would always have something worth hearing. We are thinking of you all and hope you are okay.
    The Thordarsons

  14. Myra Henderson

    Dear Julie and Nancy. So sorry to hear you lost your Dad. A very special person in my life and in the life of my family. So funny and kind. He lived for his family and charities. Thinking of you both.
    Myra Henderson

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